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Security camera on the wall of a house

CCTV cameras are commonly used to monitor commercial premises such as offices and warehouses. They are useful for deterring criminals, and if a break-in does occur, CCTV footage can serve as evidence of the crime and help the police to identify the perpetrator.

These are all great reasons to protect your business with a CCTV system. But is it worth setting up CCTV cameras outside your home, too?

Bernard Hogan-Howe, the former head of the Metropolitan Police, thinks so. In 2015, he advocated putting CCTV "in every home" to help police detectives solve more crimes.

Here are 4 more reasons why property owners should consider installing CCTV cameras at home...

 

4 benefits of home CCTV cameras

  • Cameras make your home a less attractive target for burglars. If a thief is sizing up your house and trying to decide whether a break-in would be worth the risk of getting caught, the presence of one or more security cameras will generally make them less willing to chance it.

  • A robust security system may save you money on insurance premiums. Some insurers will charge you less for home insurance if you make your home less vulnerable to crime, for instance by installing CCTV cameras and/or other security systems.

  • If necessary, you'll be able to prove that a break-in occurred. CCTV footage of your property can serve as evidence that a trespasser used force to break into your home. This can be useful if you're trying to make an insurance claim.

  • They're not just good for catching burglars. Your CCTV camera may capture footage of crimes that don't involve a break-in. For example, a cyclist in Blackpool who collided with a three-year-old girl and dragged her along the pavement for several metres before fleeing the scene was caught thanks to footage captured by the family's home CCTV camera.

If you choose to install a CCTV camera on your property, please bear in mind that you may be breaking the law if your camera is pointing at public spaces and/or other people's private properties. For this reason, it's a good idea to call in an experienced CCTV installer to recommend the best system for your home.

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The Regulatory Reform Order, or RRO, is the UK's legislative document about fire alarms operation and installation. This document is broken down into several sections and subsections can be difficult to digest if you're not a fire safety professional. So, in this blog, we aim to give you a bite-sized version of the UK's fire alarm regulations. 

The UK government advises that all fire alarms and smoke detection systems should comply with the British Standard BS 5839. Let's take a look at some of the most common questions we get about fire alarm regulations:

  • Do I need to have a fire alarm installed?
  • Who can install a fire alarm system?
  • How often should I service my fire alarms?

Do I need to have a fire alarm installed?

The current regulations require all businesses to have a suitable fire detection system in place. This means that in the event of a fire, all employees would be warned and would have time to evacuate safely! 

If you don't have a fire alarm installed in your home, you aren't technically breaking the law, but it could affect your home insurance! We talk more about this in our blog - Are Fire Alarms Required By Law?

To assess whether or not you need a fire alarm system, we recommend considering the following:

  • Are your premises large & multi-storeyed?
  • Do you have high-risk flammable substances around?
  • Do you partake in any activities that involve heat/fire such as cooking?

If the answer to the above questions is yes, it's recommended that you have a fire alarm system installed to keep you safe whether that's in your home or at work. 

Enquire about our fire alarm systems now!

 

How often should I service my fire alarm?

The government doesn't require you to test your fire alarms after a set amount of time, but they do recommend maintaining your fire alarm periodically so that it functions correctly at all times. 

To do a fire alarm assessment, a competent person needs to inspect and test the fire alarm system roughly once every 6 months. For larger establishments, testing your system once every 3 months will help prevent unexpected faults. 

Speak to our team if you need help with your fire alarm assessment. 

Who can install a fire alarm system?

As it stands, the government requirements state that a person installing a fire alarm system has to be 'competent'. This means they should have:

  • An excellent understanding of your chosen fire alarm system and how it works.
  • Be capable of advising you if the grade or category of your chosen fire alarm system.
  • Have a good understanding of the relevant British Standard BS 5839
  • Have sound electrical knowledge

The IDS technicians are all fully trained and qualified to install fire alarm security systems quickly, efficiently and safely.

We highly recommend that you get in touch with us before trying to install your fire alarm security system yourself.

 

Wall covered in CCTV cameras

CCTV cameras are a tried and tested method for protecting business premises. Not only is CCTV an effective way to deter (and capture evidence of) criminal behaviour, modern systems can also be tied to smart systems that will trigger facilities like lights, doors and gates to give you extra peace of mind.

If you're beginning to think about installing CCTV cameras, it's important to know the basics of where to place your cameras in order to make the most of your security system. Placing cameras in the wrong points may render your security system useless, so make sure you have the right number of cameras in the right places!

Where to place your CCTV cameras

Here are our recommendations...

Anywhere past break-ins occurred

Looking at the history of your building will make it easier to identify and monitor potential weak points. If intrusions have occurred in the past, it's important to increase security at the break-in point(s) to make sure lightning doesn't strike twice.

Easy targets

Spots like the front door, back door and ground-floor windows represent very obvious access points for burglars and trespassers. These are key places to consider when installing CCTV cameras, as the majority of break-ins occur in these vulnerable spots. Nearly 75% of thieves come in through the front door, so this is a particularly important spot to monitor.

Places with valuable items

Locations where high-value items are kept (e.g. garages, till points, offices housing large amounts of cash) can be an attractive target for criminals. Placing CCTV cameras in these high-risk areas should help to keep your most valuable assets safe.

Blind spots

Even a small blind spot can present an opportunity for a crafty criminal. Use multiple cameras to cover multiple angles and eliminate blind spots - make sure there's nowhere for would-be thieves to hide!

Communal areas

Hallways, kitchens and communal work areas are ideal places to install CCTV cameras. Remember to ensure that your CCTV cameras aren't monitoring other people's properties or private areas like restrooms.

IDS Security's expert security engineers have been installing CCTV cameras for years - we can carry out a survey of your premises and design a CCTV camera system that's ideal for your requirements.

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